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Old 07-20-2009, 10:30 AM   #31
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Over 18,000 miles! Wow! ohhh gee that was alot of riding!

I'll try and catch up now that the traveling is done.

The lad had his heart set on seeing Deadwood SD.

The place is a polished restored town with casino after casino lining the streets. Tour buses and rv's pile the folks in. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
We'd just passed through Mt Rushmore where they tried to extort 10 bucks each to park the bikes.(parking has sold out to private consensioniers) The mountain was entirely socked in with clouds and you couldn't see a thing.
So I decline to pay the extortion and was instructed to drive on through.
I do but being stuck behind a slow RV my engine is getting hot, so I stop in the parking lot to let the engine cool. The lad decides to go pee in the visitor center.
So I take the chance to add a little oil while she's cooling down as the parking lot rent-a cops pull up carrying some attitude. They demand I pay right then and there. I calmly explain the situation a and point out the fact that the no one is seeing anything anyway. These idiots where really starting to bug me when they told me they were calling the park police.
We get out of there before the police arrived.

After an interesting and beautiful ride through MT we go see the Old Faithful geyser which is something to see.

When I first saw it it was march 1981 before the big fire and I rented a snowmachine and rode in by myself. A bit different in the summer I'd say.

We didn't stay long in Idaho I did get a picture of the weeping springs.

This along the Snake river


Big trees in Mt Rainier Park



The Paradise Inn is an interesting landmark. (built in 1916)


Canadian customs


The first question from them was whether I was carrying a handgun. I told them no. They then wanted to know if I owned a handgun and where I kept it! WTF is wrong with Canada?

The broken chain!

Good thing I bought a chain tool and had some spare links to splice in with my spare master links. This was a brand new extra heavy duty "smart chain" from sidewinder racing.

Beautiful rivers in BC.


The Bentley folks were just exiting the Cassiar highway as we were entering. More than a 100 Bentley's. These guys were adventuring in their own way too.








Right smack dab in the middle of the Cassiar we come across an accident.
The RCMP says the road will be blocked for 4 hours! Funny thing was the road wasn't obstructed at all there wasn't any hazardous material involved.
Sadly the poor truck driver involved was dead. But the RCMP had the road blocked in both directions for hours. Fortunately we waited only about an hour before they began letting traffic through.



Heli-Skiing lodge in BC




Along the Cassiar






Sally's Cafe at the end of the Cassiar, really great place for a food stop. This was some the best food of the trip!


Dawson is next.

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Old 07-20-2009, 11:28 AM   #32
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This was at the entrance to the Dempster, no not this time. It was beckoning I can tell ya!


Now I really liked Dawson City.


They have a local ordinance where the folks have to keep the building painted nice.


Streets are still dirt.


Downtown Saloon

Don't bother with the Jack London Grill, where they charge $1.00 extra for mustard for your hamburger! WTF! Crazy!

Klondike Kates is the place to eat, fantastic food and people.

The Mighty Yukon river


View of Dawson from the dome












Robert Services cabin


This was one of the worlds largest gold mining dredges.


Got a private tour from the lovely gal. Private because it was the French s
speaking tour and I was the only french speaker to show up.(I got the tour in English)




Cool train museum




The D2D gathering. I think I pissed off some BMW guys by parking my nasty looking KLR in the BMW GS dude parking spots!




I mixed up the dates for the D2D and arrived 2 days early in Dawson.
After three days we were ready to go, afraid we missed all the wild stuff I guess.


Goodbye BC!


Welcome to Alaska!






We splurged and got the $10 wall tent at the Tok motorcycle campground, what a great place, truly lovely folks, and a sauna to die for!


Delta Junction


I forget where this was taken.


I hit 40K


The road north


Atigun Pass


Around 3am, every time we stopped to camp the mosquitoes would be intense so we get motoring.
We finally camped at mile 40 in time to see the sun change from setting to rising. I'd never actually seen that phenomena before ever with all the time I've spent up there flying.

We arrive in Deadhorse! This place has the best deal for buffet. $15 all you can eat.


Not too much to see around Deadhorse, I'd forgotten the oil companies have the beach closed to the public!





I get stuck and have to unload to get out


Broken sprocket at mile 85


Trucks


A short little old pipeline


Can you see the big mosquito?


Dust




Back at the Hilltop cafe in Fairbanks, oh gee that was a piece of riding!
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:41 AM   #33
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Once in Anchorage I break out the old FJ40.


break out the SW629


And go chasing Caribou near Eureka.




Back to Thailand day after tomorrow. What a trip it's been! 18K mile in a little over 3 months.
I'm sticking the bike in storage for a little ride down to Argentina next year.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:48 AM   #34
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Awesome. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:50 PM   #35
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Thanks for the pics and story. Great trip. How did old red hold up?
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Old 07-20-2009, 03:24 PM   #36
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Thanks for the pics and story. Great trip. How did old red hold up?
Red did really well.(nearly 40K miles too never used any oil.) The sprocket failed after over 15K miles on it. We'd already bought a replacement chain/sprocket kit knowing it's days were numbered. I was hoping to put it on after the Dalton hwy.
Had a really odd failure in the middle of the Denali highway. While I was using the BLM rest area the lad was squirreling around some and stalling the bike and restarting it.
I come out and he say's the bike quit running and wouldn't restart......anyway I spend the 8 hours troubleshooting what turns out to be a shorted battery.
Since I knew the battery to be new it was the last thing I suspected. I was busy testing switches, relay's, solenoids, by passing the safety switches and cutting into the ignition wiring.
I was baffled until I came up with the bright idea of putting my battery from the green bike in. Vroom!
That sealed POS battery just up and suddenly quit. Never seen that happen.
I rig up a jumper cable with 16 gauge wire and get red started.
We push start it back to Anchorage after that. I learned everything about the KLR electrical system that day!
Fortunately we were stopped at a mighty nice spot to camp, met a nice German fellow bicycling the Denali hwy, and my son caught his first Arctic Grayling on a fly rod.
Red is somewhere in CA. now on the way back to NM.
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:13 PM   #37
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Great report for a great trip!
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Old 07-20-2009, 04:30 PM   #38
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Nice trip! Thanks for sharing.

If I only had the time and the money.....
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Old 07-20-2009, 05:02 PM   #39
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Good show Bush Pilot! Enjoyed your report.

Not sure if you remember, but I stopped and chatted with you and your son at a rest area just south of Burns Lake, BC on June 20th. I was on my way to do the Dempster then carry on to Alaska. I was riding the black V-Strom. I think I remember you saying you guys were going to try and get to Smithers that night?

You've inspired me to get crackin' on my own ride report!

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Old 07-21-2009, 09:30 AM   #40
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^yea I remember. I was napping in the sunshine on the lovely stone picnic table courtesy of BC.

Get cracking on that RR. Don't forget the pictures!
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:18 PM   #41
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Way to go, BushPilot! I'm truly proud to have played a small part in getting your trip started. What a great adventure for you and your son.

I'm in the middle of a two-week ride myself: Houston to Penticton, BC, then over to Dubuque, IA, and then back down to Houston. Currently in a small motel in Wall, SD after having done Mt. Rushmore this afternoon on my 50th birthday. In the morning, I'm going to ride the Badlands Scenic Byway and then slab it to my hometown of Dubuque.

Cheers to you and have a great flight back to Thailand!
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:16 AM   #42
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Glad to see you made it to Alaska
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Way to go, BushPilot! I'm truly proud to have played a small part in getting your trip started. What a great adventure for you and your son.

I'm in the middle of a two-week ride myself: Houston to Penticton, BC, then over to Dubuque, IA, and then back down to Houston. Currently in a small motel in Wall, SD after having done Mt. Rushmore this afternoon on my 50th birthday. In the morning, I'm going to ride the Badlands Scenic Byway and then slab it to my hometown of Dubuque.

Cheers to you and have a great flight back to Thailand!
And here is a pic of me snapped somewhere between Grand Coulee and Spokane . . .

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Old 07-24-2009, 06:14 PM   #44
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Old 07-29-2009, 12:11 PM   #45
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Hey, I'm about three months late posting. What a cool trip! I met you at the first over look on Skylline drive WAY back when you were in Virginia. Just wanted to say Hi and I really enjoyed your RR and Pics.
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